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Library Leaves is published online by the staff of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library. In keeping with our mission to educate, support the study of the Arboretum and living collections, and share botanical knowledge, this blog will offer a closer look at our unique collections, upcoming events, and ongoing projects. Keep reading and continue to visit us online and in person! Follow us on Twitter, @AAhortlib.

Dawson medals come to the Arboretum Archives


May 18, 2015 by Library Staff

Channing Dawson and Ned Friedman

Descendants of Jackson Thornton Dawson, the first Plant Propagator of the Arboretum, visited to present two horticultural medals awarded to Jackson to the Arboretum Archives.  more »

Meet Joseph Rock in our Visitor Center


April 7, 2015 by Library Staff

Joseph Rock on horseback

While traveling into the Kansu Providence in northwestern China, Rock came upon the Tibetan principality of Choni. Choni was a prosperous monastic community with hundreds of monks and families set in a mountainous, fertile land.  more »

A Naturalist in western China


February 20, 2015 by Library Staff

Wilson_Zappey_China_1908

The beauty of these books is present because they don’t strictly adhere to the scientific method, yet neither do they provide farcical or strained vignettes. Instead, they belong to a fantastic and original “hybrid genre,” combining Wilson’s analytic genius and artistic know-how into a good read for anybody interested in the crossroads of art and science.  more »

A close call with Asian Longhorned Beetle


January 29, 2015 by Library Staff

American Forests

Six maples at Faulkner Hospital were infested with Asian longhorned beetle. The Arboretum had obvious cause for concern as a wide variety of its remarkable trees stood in the crosshairs of this destructive pest.  more »

Portrait of a 125-Year Friendship


December 2, 2014 by Library Staff

cpgc

The Cambridge Plant & Garden Club is the longest active women’s garden club in America, and has enjoyed a long history of partnering with the Arboretum.  more »

Crowdsourcing the Mystery of the Sunrise Ladies


October 22, 2014 by Library Staff

sunrise

Who are these ladies and where is this house? Who was the photographer?  more »

Picturing People: The Photographs of William Purdom


September 24, 2014 by Library Staff

Charcoal carriers, China

William Purdom proved a gifted portraitist, capturing for posterity a rich ethnographic record of the people from Tibetan border region.  more »

James George Frazer and The Golden Bough


August 18, 2014 by Library Staff

Golden Bough

Labyrinthine and universal in scope, The Golden Bough explores society’s relationship with its natural environment, and how cycles of nature are reflected in human ceremony and tradition.  more »

Ernest H. Wilson’s travel documents


July 29, 2014 by Library Staff

Ernest Wilson passport 1908

Official travel documents from Ernest H. Wilson’s expeditions in China from 1899-1911 provide a glimpse into some of the government paperwork which accompanied a plant collecting trip a century ago.  more »

Photographs from Nature by Arthur Irving Emerson


June 24, 2014 by Library Staff

Arthur Irving Emerson

With his images, [Arthur] Emerson is able to break down the tree into different, recognizable elements. Every page has crisp, close-up views of foliage and fruit, bark and branches, displaying identifiable pieces of each species.  more »

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